Menza Motors comes with affordable Electric Bike

Introduction

There are a number of two-wheeler companies in India. Many if them are indigenous while many are from foreign countries. While Indian market is expanding at a good rate, new manufacturers from international markets are also setting up base in India. The Two Wheelers segment, with 81 per cent market share, is the leader of the Indian Automobile market, owing to a growing middle class and a young population. Moreover, the growing interest of companies in exploring the rural markets further aided the growth of the sector. ‘Menza motors’ is providing an alternative.

The government of India has promised to move for only electric vehicle by 2030. So along with passenger vehicle, two wheelers also need to be take care of. In Auto Expo 2018 at Greater Noida some sorts of electric vehicle are shown which is charged by plugin process. Mostly moped was there but Menza motors come with performance electric bike.

Recently Menza launched motor its first electric motorcycle, the Lucas, at the Auto Expo 2018 at Greater Noida. It has been told that it’s price would be  ₹ 2.8 lakh (ex-showroom). According to Menza motors officials, the Lucat has been tested for more than 10,000 km to ensure customers do not face any problems. The body is available in optional carbon fibre, and the bike gets clip-on handlebars, cantilevered tailpiece, spoked wheels, twin-tub swingarm and circular LED headlamps.

The company is also offering an option in which the customer can lease the battery at a charge of Rs 4,000 per month. If the battery range drops under 60 kilometres, it will be replaced free of charge. In such a case, the motorcycle will cost you Rs 1.79 lakh.

Specification

The Lucat is powered by an air-cooled brushless DC motor which makes 18 kW (24 bhp) at 3,000 rpm and 60 Nm of peak torque, with 20 Nm available at 0 rpm. The Lucat has a top speed of 120 kmph and the 72V lithium ion battery is said to give a range of 100 km in city riding, and up to 150 km on the highway. The motorcycle comes equipped with a 72V Li-ion battery pack and it can be charged completely in 4 hours. There is no transmission and power are directly fed to the rear wheel when in operation.

On top of the round LED headlamp is a large touchscreen tablet-like instrument console. It stores rider maps and ride data which can be uploaded on a cloud based computing system accessed through a smartphone app. It also gets a keyless ignition system. Suspension is handled by inverted WP forks at the front and a custom rear monoshock. Braking is taken care of by a 300-mm disc at the front, and a 230-mm disc at the rear. Both wheels are 17-inchers shod with Metzeler Sportec tyres and the bike weighs around 153 kg.

It is built around an aircraft-grade aluminum and steel spaceframe, the Lucat uses a front USD WP suspension and a rear monoshock damper setup. The show bike was seen sporting Metzeler Sportec M5 tyres in 110/70R17 front and 150/60R17 rear configuration.

Features of Menza Motors bike

Customized Option – The company is providing several customization options with the bike. The customer can opt for his choice of tyres, seating and lot more.
Fast Charging – There is also a fast charging facility under which the battery can be charged in 90 minutes. Normally, it can be charged completely in 4 hours.
Affordable rate – Lucat performance close to a 650cc bike. If we see of same performance other vehicle will at cost more than Rs 4 lakhs.

The battery on Lease – Company is offering to lease the battery so that the battery would be fully covered under warranty for life.

Comparative analysis

Some more performance electric bike has been shown at Auto Expo 2018. Bengaluru based startup Emflux is building electric superbike, as well as patented technology that can be used by other automobile manufacturers.

With instant torque available on tap, the Emflux electric motorcycle can accelerate to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 170 km/h, and with a sensible commuting range of 200 km. The time to charge 0-80 percent will be in less than 36 minutes from a DC fast charge station. It’s charging is much faster than Menza motor’s Lucat along with performance.

If we see Emflux then we will find that it is very compact which gives an attractive look as compare to Menza motor’s Lucat. Barring the brakes, tyres and the suspension, every single component on the motorcycle has been designed and engineered in-house.

The drivetrain includes the battery pack, the BMS, an on-board charger, the motor controller, and the motor which is run by a powerful master controller capable of running powerful neural networks. In terms of price it’s incomparable. It so because The Menza motors Lucat is the most affordable of the lot and is priced at Rs. 2.79 lakh. The Emflux One is priced at Rs. 6 lakhs.

Need of the hour for Lucat

Body look – Look of the Lucat must be compact. It is so because people also bother about that how it’s look should be.
  • From side a box is seen. I don’t know what exactly is in the box. But matter of concern is that it looks ugly.
  • It could be arranged symmetrically by covering upper part with dashing style cover so that it could attract youngsters.
Safety concern – The red rod is used to give structural support to the vehicle which is shown in pic. 
  • From the safety point of view, it could be great concern. If somewhere vehicle touched from the side, it would cause huge losses.
  • I think it should be covered so that only lateral sketches would be the loses while accident from the side.
  • If we covered properly it would definitely help in reducing drag. While driving air comes from side and caused vortex formation and drag formation.
Headlight – Headlight should not be aligned perpendicular to the road surface. It should have some tilt so that aerodynamically it helps in reducing drag. 
  • The flat area of the headlight may cause drag.
Ergonomics concern – What I saw at Auto expo and can see in the given above picture that handle of the bike is straight as a normal bike, but seat construction and seating capacity seems like sporty. 
  • In such case handle should be tilted so that driver can hold the bike comfortably for a long run.
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Booking of this bike has been started from 14 Feb. The bike will be sold solely through the e-commerce platform. You can buy the bike at full retail price or you can lease it. The lease option will have you pay an amount of around Rs 3880 where the battery would be fully covered under warranty for life. If the battery range drops under 60 kilometers, it will be replaced free of charge. The specifics are being worked on and we will soon be getting more details on that. Stay tuned.

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